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Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

On-line version ISSN 2219-0635
Print version ISSN 0030-2465

Abstract

HASLE, G. et al. Ticks collected from birds in the northern provinces of South Africa, 2004-2006. Onderstepoort j. vet. res. [online]. 2009, vol.76, n.2, pp.167-175. ISSN 2219-0635.

Approximately 3 000 birds, mainly passerines, caught in mist nets in the northern provinces of South Africa, were examined for ticks. A total of 178 ticks, belonging to 14 species, were recovered from 83 birds of 43 different species. Hyalomma rufipes was the most numerous tick, with 26 larvae and 109 nymphs collected, followed by Amblyomma marmoreum, with 13 larvae and two nymphs. Despite the study being conducted within the distribution range of Amblyomma hebraeum, it was not seen on any passerines, whereas three larger species were infested. The potential for small birds to spread ticks with their associated tick-borne pathogens is discussed.

Keywords : Amblyomma marmoreum; birds; Hyalomma rufipes; migration; northern South Africa; passerines; ticks.

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